Directors With Most Top 250 Films

by Thenatthenat | created - 08 Jun 2015 | updated - 29 Mar 2016 | Public

Directors with at least 3 directing credits in imdb Top 250 as of 05/10/15.

1. Alfred Hitchcock

Director | Psycho

Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born in Leytonstone, Essex, England. He was the son of Emma Jane (Whelan; 1863 - 1942) and East End greengrocer William Hitchcock (1862 - 1914). His parents were both of half English and half Irish ancestry. He had two older siblings, William Hitchcock (born 1890) and ...

8 Films in Top 250

#35 Psycho #47 Rear Window #68 North By Northwest #70 Vertigo #153 Rebecca #160 Dial M For Murder #215 Strangers On A Train #244 Notorious

2. Christopher Nolan

Writer | Dunkirk

Best known for his cerebral, often nonlinear, storytelling, acclaimed writer-director Christopher Nolan was born on July 30, 1970 in London, England. Over the course of 15 years of filmmaking, Nolan has gone from low-budget independent films to working on some of the biggest blockbusters ever made.


7 Films in Top 250

#4 The Dark Knight #14 Inception #31 Interstellar #46 Memento #49 The Prestige #62 The Dark Knight Rises #110 Batman Begins

3. Martin Scorsese

Director | Taxi Driver

Martin Charles Scorsese was born on November 17, 1942 in Queens, New York City, to Catherine Scorsese (née Cappa) and Charles Scorsese, who both worked in Manhattan's garment district, and whose families both came from Palermo, Sicily. He was raised in the neighborhood of Little Italy, which later ...

7 Films in Top 250

#17 Goodfellas #43 The Departed #80 Taxi Driver #119 Raging Bull #143 Casino #148 The Wolf Of Wall Street #186 Shutter Island

4. Stanley Kubrick

Director | 2001: A Space Odyssey

Stanley Kubrick was born in Manhattan, New York City, to Sadie Gertrude (Perveler) and Jacob Leonard Kubrick, a physician. His family were Jewish immigrants (from Austria, Romania, and Russia). Stanley was considered intelligent, despite poor grades at school. Hoping that a change of scenery would ...

7 Films in Top 250

#50 Dr. Strangelove #58 The Shining #59 Paths Of Glory #79 A Clockwork Orange #86 Full Metal Jacket #91 2001: A Space Odyssey #223 Barry Lyndon

5. Steven Spielberg

Producer | Schindler's List

One of the most influential personalities in the history of cinema, Steven Spielberg is Hollywood's best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. He has an extraordinary number of commercially successful and critically acclaimed credits to his name, either as a director, ...

7 Films in Top 250

#5 Schindler's List #30 Saving Private Ryan #36 Raiders Of The Last Ark #101 Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade #200 Jurassic Park #221 Jaws #240 Catch Me If You Can

6. Akira Kurosawa

Writer | Ran

After training as a painter (he storyboards his films as full-scale paintings), Kurosawa entered the film industry in 1936 as an assistant director, eventually making his directorial debut with Sanshiro Sugata (1943). Within a few years, Kurosawa had achieved sufficient stature to allow him greater...

6 Films in Top 250

#19 Seven Samurai #99 Rashomon #108 Yojimbo #129 Ikiru #134 Ran #233 Throne Of Blood

7. Hayao Miyazaki

Director | Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi

Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan's greatest animation directors. The entertaining plots, compelling characters, and breathtaking animation in his films have earned him international renown from critics as well as public recognition within Japan. The Walt Disney Company's commitment to introduce the ...

6 Films in Top 250

#29 Spirited Away #65 Princess Mononoke #128 My Neighbour Totoro #142 Howl's Moving Castle #198 Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind #237 Laputa: Castle In The Sky

8. Quentin Tarantino

Writer | Reservoir Dogs

Quentin Jerome Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. His father, Tony Tarantino, is an Italian-American actor and musician from New York, and his mother, Connie (McHugh), is a nurse from Tennessee. Quentin moved with his mother to Torrance, California, when he was four years old.

In January of...

6 Films in Top 250 (1 as special guest director)

#7 Pulp Fiction #57 Django Unchained #75 Resevoir Dogs #96 Inglourious Basterds #170 Kill Bill: Vol. 1 #212 Sin City (Special Guest Director)

9. Billy Wilder

Writer | The Apartment

Originally planning to become a lawyer, Billy Wilder abandoned that career in favor of working as a reporter for a Viennese newspaper, using this experience to move to Berlin, where he worked for the city's largest tabloid. He broke into films as a screenwriter in 1929 and wrote scripts for many ...

5 Films in Top 250

#52 Sunset Boulevard #74 Witness For The Prosecution #82 Double Indemnity #100 The Apartment #111 Some Like It Hot

10. Charles Chaplin

Writer | The Great Dictator

Considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, Charlie Chaplin lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular character, the Little Tramp; the man with the ...

5 Films in Top 250

#34 City Lights #39 Modern Times #54 The Great Dictator #95 The Kid #133 The Gold Rush

11. Sergio Leone

Writer | Once Upon a Time in America

Sergio Leone was virtually born into the cinema - he was the son of Roberto Roberti (A.K.A. Vincenzo Leone), one of Italy's cinema pioneers, and actress Bice Valerian. Leone entered films in his late teens, working as an assistant director to both Italian directors and U.S. directors working in ...

5 Films in Top 250

#9 The Good, The Bad And The Ugly #28 Once Upon A Time In The West #69 Once Upon A Time In America #98 For A Few Dollars More #235 For A Fistful Of Dollars

12. Ridley Scott

Producer | The Martian

Described by film producer Michael Deeley as "the very best eye in the business", director Ridley Scott was born on November 30, 1937 in South Shields, Tyne and Wear (then County Durham). His father was an officer in the Royal Engineers and the family followed him as his career posted him ...

4 Films in Top 250

#47 Gladiator #53 Alien #137 Blade Runner #220 The Martian

13. Ingmar Bergman

Writer | Smultronstället

Ernst Ingmar Bergman was born July 14, 1918, the son of a priest. The film and T.V. series, The Best Intentions (1992) is biographical and shows the early marriage of his parents. The film 'Söndagsbarn' depicts a bicycle journey with his father. In the miniseries Private Confessions (1996) is the ...

4 Films in Top 250

#135 The Seventh Seal #140 Wild Strawberries #184 Persona #228 Fanny And Alexander

14. Peter Jackson

Producer | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Peter Jackson was born as an only child in a small coast-side town in New Zealand in 1961. When a friend of his parents bought him a super 8 movie camera (because she saw how much he enjoyed taking photos), the then eight-year-old Peter instantly grabbed the thing to start recording his own movies,...

3 Films in Top 250

#9 The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King #11 The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring #15 The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers

15. Francis Ford Coppola

Producer | Apocalypse Now

Francis Ford Coppola was born in 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, but grew up in a New York suburb in a creative, supportive Italian-American family. His father, Carmine Coppola, was a composer and musician. His mother, Italia Coppola (née Pennino), had been an actress. Francis Ford Coppola graduated ...

3 Films in Top 250

#2 The Godfather #3 The Godfather: Part II #48 Apocalypse Now

16. Frank Capra

Director | It's a Wonderful Life

One of seven children, Frank Capra was born on May 18, 1897, in Bisacquino, Sicily. On May 10, 1903, his family left for America aboard the ship Germania, arriving in New York on May 23rd. "There's no ventilation, and it stinks like hell. They're all miserable. It's the most degrading place you ...

3 Films in Top 250

#24 It's A Wonderful Life #130 Mr. Smith Goes To Washington #166 It Happened One Night

17. David Fincher

Director | Se7en

David Fincher was born in 1962 in Denver, Colorado, and was raised in Marin County, California. When he was 18 years old he went to work for John Korty at Korty Films in Mill Valley. He subsequently worked at ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) from 1981-1983. Fincher left ILM to direct TV commercials...

3 Films in Top 250

#10 Fight club #22 Se7en #168 Gone Girl

18. Joel Coen

Writer | Fargo

Joel Coen was born on November 29, 1954 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Joel Daniel Coen. He is a producer and writer, known for Fargo (1996), Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) and A Serious Man (2009). He has been married to Frances McDormand since April 1, 1984. They have one child.

3 Films in Top 250

#151 The Big Lebowski #156 Fargo #165 No Country For Old Men

19. Clint Eastwood

Actor | Million Dollar Baby

Clint Eastwood was born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the son of Clinton Eastwood Sr., a manufacturing executive for Georgia-Pacific Corporation, and Ruth Wood, a housewife turned IBM operator. He had a comfortable, middle-class upbringing in nearby Piedmont. At school Clint took interest in music...

3 Films in Top 250

#114 Unforgiven #150 Gran Torino #191 Million Dollar Baby

20. James Cameron

Writer | Avatar

James Francis Cameron was born on August 16, 1954 in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada. He moved to the United States in 1971. The son of an engineer, he majored in physics at California State University before switching to English, and eventually dropping out. He then drove a truck to support his ...

3 Films in Top 250

#41 Terminator 2: Judgment Day #64 Aliens #213 The Terminator

21. Pete Docter

Writer | Up

Pete Docter was born on October 9, 1968 in Bloomington, Minnesota, USA as Peter Hans Docter. He is a writer, known for Up (2009), Inside Out (2015) and Monsters, Inc. (2001). He has been married to Amanda Jean Schmidt since December 27, 1992. They have two children.

3 Films in Top 250

#116 Inside Out #117 Up #216 Monsters, Inc.

22. Sidney Lumet

Director | 12 Angry Men

Sidney Lumet was a master of cinema, best known for his technical knowledge and his skill at getting first-rate performances from his actors -- and for shooting most of his films in his beloved New York. He made over 40 movies, often complex and emotional, but seldom overly sentimental. Although ...

3 Films in Top 250

#6 12 Angry Men #180 Network #225 Dog Day Afternoon

23. William Wyler

Director | The Best Years of Our Lives

William Wyler was an American filmmaker who, at the time of his death in 1981, was considered by his peers as second only to John Ford as a master craftsman of cinema. The winner of three Best Director Academy Awards, second again only to Ford's four, Wyler's reputation has unfairly suffered as the ...

3 Films in Top 250

#193 Ben-Hur #208 The Best Years Of Our Lives #239 Roman Holiday

24. Lee Unkrich

Editor | Coco

Lee Unkrich is an Academy Award-winning director at Pixar Animation Studios. He most recently directed Disney.Pixar's critically-acclaimed "Coco", which received the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and Best Song.

As the director of Disney.Pixar's "Toy Story 3," Lee was also awarded an ...

3 Films in Top 250 (2 as co-director)

#81 Toy Story 3 #163 Finding Nemo (Co-director) #216 Monsters, Inc. (Co-director)

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